Videos of plastic floating in great big islands and of marine mammals struggling in fishing nets always bring tears to our eyes. Sometimes it might feel like saving our oceans is completely hopeless, but there are plenty of small things you can start doing today that can help! If we all start making even small changes in our lives, it could have a big impact on our oceans. Here are a few ideas to help you become an ocean superhero:
The world’s oceans, in many places, have been suffering from over exploitation, which means too many creatures have been taken from the water. Over fishing can harm the delicate balance of the ocean ecosystem a.k.a. the ocean community. If humans take too many fish, there are none left behind for predators like sharks. You can help by cutting back on seafood, but if you just aren’t ready to give up fish sticks, carrying a sustainable seafood guide can be a huge help. With a guide like Seafood Watch, you can quickly learn which seafoods have a negative impact on the ocean ecosystem.
Reduce your energy use:
Saving energy is good for the ocean and the electricity bill! The burning of fossil fuels - how we get our electricity - can cause harm to the ocean. Coral bleaching is just one example of this, but limiting your energy use is easy! Turn off the lights if you aren’t in the room. Unplug chargers that aren’t in use. Limit your time using energy draining devices like televisions, and play outside instead. You’ll be building your imagination, saving money, and keeping the ocean safe all at once.
Use less plastic:
Plastic is used in many of the products you see in your every day life. The next time you’re at the grocery store, we challenge you to count each piece of plastic you see. You’ll quickly find that it is used in most of our food packaging. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants enter the ocean every year, and plastic is a large part of that. Visit our blog post about using less plastic for ideas on how to cut back on your plastic waste.
There are plenty of ways to keep the ocean clean beyond those listed above like participating in beach clean ups, taking shorter showers, and helping spread the word about the need for more ocean superheroes like yourself.